LIVE@CoSN2024: Exclusive Coverage

NRC proposes overhaul of K-12 science


A recent report from the National Research Council proposes a new framework for K-12 science education that emphasizes deeper understanding of key topics. The report suggests that science education be built in three dimensions: core ideas, cross-cutting concepts relevant across multiple disciplines, and key practices. Instead of trying to cover a huge range of topics, science teachers should focus on deepening knowledge of a limited number of core ideas in four disciplines, the report says: (1) life sciences; (2) physical sciences; (3) earth and space sciences; and (4) engineering, technology, and application of science. In the earth and space sciences discipline, for example, students would be required to focus on the core ideas of “Earth’s place in the universe,” “Earth’s systems,” and “Earth and human activity.” To maintain consistency throughout multiple years of schooling, the report recommends that teachers adopt a common language for “cross-cutting concepts” that are relevant in multiple fields, such as “cause and effect” and “structure and function.” The report also identifies eight key scientific and engineering practices that should be integrated into science education, including “developing and using models” and “analyzing and interpreting data.” The framework is the first step toward developing new K-12 science education standards; the nonprofit organization Achieve Inc. will lead a group of states to create more specific standards based on the ideas it proposes.

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13165

Sign up for our K-12 newsletter

Newsletter: Innovations in K12 Education
By submitting your information, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Latest posts by Jeff Festa (see all)

Want to share a great resource? Let us know at submissions@eschoolmedia.com.

New AI Resource Center
Get the latest updates and insights on AI in education to keep you and your students current.
Get Free Access Today!

"*" indicates required fields

Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Email Newsletters:

By submitting your information, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

eSchool News uses cookies to improve your experience. Visit our Privacy Policy for more information.